Myanmar (formally known as Burma) and officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a wonderful country located in Southeast Asia bordering by Thailand, China, Laos, India and Bangladesh. Myanmar was in my list for a long time, and finally I arrived at Yangon International Airport on 11 February 2017. How did I obtain eVisa to Myanmar guide can be read in my previous article, and the rest I’ll share with you here.
Flight to Yangon from Bangkok
AirAsia is a low-cost airline operating in all of Southeast Asia, the airfare is very very low within the Southeast Asian region, I booked my one way ticket from Bangkok to Yangon for only $70 (just a day before departure), you may find more reasonable deals, if you book a few days earlier. And my onward flight from Burma was with Bangladesh Airlines to Kathmandu in Nepal.
Arriving at Yangon Airport
I arrived at night, the immigration officers asked me a few basic questions and then stamped my passport. I went outside the Airport, there were many Taxis waiting for the passengers, as I already had searched the Taxi fare to downtown Yangon on the internet, so I knew the fare, but I simply booked a taxi on the spot for 10,000 KYATS which is local currency and that’s equal to $7 USD.
The Airport is 15 KM away from the Downtown Yangon, and it’ll take almost half an hour to reach your destination in case you stay around the downtown in Yangon. The value of Myanmar currency is very low against USD, and you’ll get 1400 local currency against $1 USD (as of Feb 2017), and believe me, you’ll get tired spending that money 😀
Accommodation in Myanmar
Accommodation in Myanmar is affordable for all type of travelers. I got my room for $16 (for two people), and that was a nice room located in the downtown area near all the popular attractions in Yangon city. You can find even cheaper options. I always use Agoda.com for booking hotel rooms, and the hotel I stayed in Yangon was “Ocean Pearl Inn III” (link attached) which cost me $16 per night for two people.
Food & Prices in Myanmar
Myanmar is relatively very cheap destination in all of Southeast Asia, I visited a few local restaurants to find Indian food, and the one I found in a busy market in Yangon cost me only $3 for a meal (lunch) for two people including soft drinks. At night, I visited a better and branded restaurant, which cost us $8 for a dinner (two persons).
Overall, the prices of food, drinks and fruits are very reasonable in Myanmar. And Yangon is a big and busy city, so the prices are higher here than the rest of Myanmar. However, the Taxi I again used in the city cost me only $2 for a 5KM ride, and I found that Taxi drivers are very honest in telling the fare. You can also check the distance in Google map before hiring a taxi on the street.
Places to Visit in Yangon
There are many popular and historical places in Myanmar, but since I only visited Yangon city and stayed for one day, so I’ll tell you the popular places there. Yangon is a clean and green city in Myanmar, so you’ll enjoy your stay there. Myanmar is very famous for Buddhist temples and history, and you’ll find a lot of them everywhere.
Probably, the biggest temple in Yangon is Shwedagon Pagoda which is located a few miles away from the downtown area, and you can take a taxi for $1 or $2 USD to reach this place from downtown, it’s a big area to visit and explore if you are lover of historical things and temples.
This is another famous Buddhist temple and located exactly in the center of downtown Yangon, you can visit by walking if you are staying in the downtown area. it’s a big temple and has all what you want to see.
This park is a nice park located just behind the Sule Pagoda temple and in front of City Hall building which is a beautiful building with modern architecture. The Myanmar Independence Monument is also located within the park, the park is clean and green, you’ll find many locals & tourists in the park hanging out with friends and alone.
Yangon Water Boom
I accidentally visited this park, as I told the Taxi driver to take me to Beach Side in Yangon, and he brought me to this water park which was located just on the beach side. The entry fee to the park was $20 for whole day, and you can take any ride you want. We entered the water park, and spend one hour there, it was really a nice water park for kids and families. If you have a whole day then do give a try to this place as well.
Local Markets in Yangon
The traditional local markets are simply awesome, you can buy any traditional thing or international thing for a few bucks, you’ll find the locals selling everything from vegetables to fruits and from juices to drinks. The markets are also full of garments items, electronic items and everything else you want to shop. 🙂 I simply love walking in these markets.
Thank you for reading this guide, honestly speaking, despite so much poverty in Myanmar, people of that country are still very honest and will be very happy to guide you if you ask them anything. I enjoyed my stay in Myanmar, and let me know your thoughts if you’ve ever been to Myanmar or planning to visit in near future. And don’t forget to watch my vlog on Myanmar, in which you’ll see almost everything in Yangon.
P.S: I stayed in Yangon only for one day and two nights, but I recommend staying in Myanmar for at least one week if you truly want to enjoy the breeze of Myanmar. There are many interesting activities waiting for you in Myanmar.